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Rusty’s Reading List 2015 | December 4, 2015



I recently mentioned that if some asks me what my favourite book of poetry is, that answer will change based on my mood.

Based on my current mood, that answer would by ‘Lighthead’ by Terrance Hayes.

I was given this book on my 44th birthday by a talented poet named Sepideh (who I believe is currently travelling the world and hopefully spreading her poetic talent wherever she goes). As such it already has sentimental value for me. That year was when Danielle Gregoire conspired to hold a surprise party / tribute show for me. It was pretty special.

As is this book. Even if I only read the first poem, ‘Lighthead’s Guide to the Galaxy’, I would still consider this book a treasure. Hayes has a way with cutting through the crap while still leaving a layer of art that gets you thinking about what you just read, rather than just reading it.

Highly, highly recommended.


My year in books:

Lighthead – Terrance Hayes
Escarpment Pages – Rob McLennan
Arc Poetry Magazine #76 – Winter 2015
The New Yorker Reader: True Crime
X – Shane Rhodes
Plane Tickets Printed On Broken Glass – Mike McGee
Issues with Etiquette – Sean O’Gorman
Madness, Rack, and Honey – Mary Ruefle
The Hottest Summer in Recorded History – Elizabeth Bachinsky
^^^^^^^^^^ – Stevie Howell
Zurita – Raul Zurita
What Does A House Want? – Gary Geddes
Twenty-five Years of Tree – James Moran & Jennifer Mulligan (ed)
Thanks For Nothing, Hippies – Sarah Clancy
Ocean – Sue Goyette
Come Cold River – Karen Connelly
Touch the Donkey Vol. 1
Memory – Ottawa Capital Slam Poetry Team – 2014
Empire of the Sun – J.G. Ballard
Snow Crash – Neal Stephenson
Some Remarks – Neal Stephenson
A Brief Guide to J.R.R. Tolkien – Nigel Cawthorne
Distrust The Particular Flavor – William Gibson
Shouting Your Name Down The Well – David McFadden
Thousand Times Broken, Three Books – Henri Michaux
Stained Pages – Sean O’Gorman


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